Having successfully launched the E870 and E875, the latest models in their E800 powerchair range at Naidex National in April, Etac UK experienced an impressive increase in sales leads across their range on stand E16 at the recent 2011 Mobility Roadshow which was held at Peterborough’s East of England Showground, 30 June – 2 July.
Successfully capitalising on the momentum gained at Naidex National and the Kidz South exhibition more recently in June, Etac UK’s Managing Director, Ian Carter commented at the Roadshow: “The Mobility Roadshow has always traditionally been a solid platform for us to showcase our world-leading Scandinavian range direct to the end user. As the expenses associated with travelling to exhibitions continue to increase, it was pleasing to still see and meet so many visitors to our stand, which must be testament to the diversity of the Roadshow’s features and the quality of our products. Since their launch at the NEC the E870 and E875 have already proved a popular choice with end users, however it was other models from the Etac E800 and Etac Balder ranges which generated the increase in leads this year.”
Ian continued: “Visitors were particularly interested in the standing function of the E890 powerchair which does indeed take ergonomic functionality to another level. The Roadshow once again offered a fantastic opportunity for wheelchair users to see the outstanding range of movement and functionality in operation. As economic uncertainty continues to affect personal budgets, individuals are increasingly investment conscious and will only choose a specialist powerchair supplied by a proven name. Etac has been at the cutting-edge of assistive device technology for decades and I believe our success at the Roadshow reflects a continued trend towards us becoming first choice in specialist powerchair provision.”
On Stand E16, Etac showcased a selection of Adult and Junior powerchairs from the established Etac Balder range and the Etac E800 series, the latter of which launched in 2010. Amongst the paediatric powerchairs on display, the specialist XP model was demonstrated to many visitors which combines the reliability of the Balder chassis and drive system with an advanced R82 X:Panda sitting system. This delivers one of the highest levels of adaptability on the market with a fully adjustable seat, which can be adjusted to suit the specific needs of a wide variety of children. With intelligent, ergonomic design, the Etac Balder XP represents and significant development in mobility for severely disabled minors aged 18 months to early teens.
Launched in 2010, the cutting-edge E800 series represents a revolutionary breakthrough in powerchair design. The Etac E890 and its counterpart, the E895 (for heavier users) incorporate a sit to stand function, seat raise/lower, backwards/forwards seat slide and side transfer functions in one sleek design and are capable of carrying up to 120kg and 150kg respectively. Special design features include height adjustable flip-up arm rests, controller with swing-away arm and an ergonomically improved pivot point closer to the hip to complement the natural movement of the body.
In addition both models offer whisper-quiet positioning, ultra-stable front-wheel-drive manoeuvrability and a level of control that is unsurpassed in the world today. With built-in intelligence from the on-board computer, the E890 can be specifically programmed to suit the needs of the individual and is available with an extensive range of accessories. Drive-from-wheelchair capability is also possible through the Etac Automatic Tie-down System.
Ian concluded: “In the past 12 months, the company has undertaken a number of enhancements to our service and we will continue to develop the UK business so that product innovation, personalised after-sales support and service provision is of the highest standard. Furthermore, new state-of-the-art Etac powerchairs continue to be developed by our Scandinavian experts and the UK team and myself, look forward to sharing these exciting innovations with the market soon.”
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1. Ian Carter, Etac UK Managing Director (left) with Matt James, Etac Product Specialist, experienced a
30% increase in sales leads at the 2011 Mobility Roadshow. They are pictured here with the revolutionary sit-to-stand Etac E890 powerchair.
2. Stand E16 at the 2011 Mobility Roadshow successfully showcased a selection from the world-leading Scandinavian range of Etac powerchairs.
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